Raised Bed Gardens
Flowers and vegetables are amazingly attractive, when they make themselves
at home inside an attractive raised bed garden frame!
Raised bed gardening is a great way to grow almost all of your favorite
vegetables, flower, herb, and fruit plants. Aesthetically pleasing, raised
bed gardens offer many advantages to both you, and your plants.
The prettiest and best kept gardens, are grown in a raised bed. There is
something about a elevating the level of the garden bed, that make gardeners
more conscious about the appearance and health of their favorite plants.
Raise bed frames do not have a bottom. Plants need to send their root system
deep, often much deeper than the height of the raised bed frame. There are
just a few frames on the market with bottoms, for people who want to
use them on patios or decks. See
Raised Bed Frames for Decks.
Benefits of Raised Bed Gardens: Plants grown in elevated garden beds,
are bigger, healthier, and more productive. There are several reason why:
Warmer soil- Soil inside the frame is elevated above ground level,
allowing the sun and air to warm it faster. This facilitates earlier planting,
and better seed germination, especially in colder, more northern climates.
Easy to reach- Makes gardening easier on your back. Less bending over
and stretching, making the joy of working in your garden and harvesting easier,
and far more pleasurable. People with back or knee problems, handicaps, and
elderly people really appreciate the ease of access to the garden.
Good drainage- Soil in the garden bed frame is above ground level.
Heavy rains drain off. Soggy, standing water is eliminated.
Improved soil fertility and quality - Sure, you can use soil from
the surrounding area. But, people with raised garden beds bring in as much
as 100% of the soil to fill the bed, including plenty of rich compost and
manure. This rich soil mixture, is a vast improvement over normal garden
soil. Growers seek a soil mix and pH level, that
is ideal for the plants they grow.
Appearance- These garden beds create attractive gardens. It's a fact
that people who use raised bed frames, take much better care of their garden
Raised Bed Garden Soil:
One of the best things about having a raised bed frame in your garden, is
the soil you put into it. Here is where gardeners excel.
Begin by filling your garden bed with lots of compost. Most raised beds contain
far more compost than the garden itself. While you will want to add ample
amounts of compost, and some decomposed manure, you should also mix in some
regular garden soil.
More on raised garden soil
Tip: After filling and mixing the soil in your raised bed frame, check
the soil pH. The materials you use in the frame, may need an adjustment,
to attain an ideal pH level for your plants.
More on Soil pH